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Carnival Introduces First Indoor Trampoline Park at Sea with New Ship, Carnival Panorama

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival has partnered with Sky Zone to feature the first-ever indoor trampoline park and challenge zone at sea when the line debut’s the new Carnival Panorama in December 2019. Covering over 3,000 square feet and reaching the height of two decks, the Sky Zone park provides a 12-lane trampoline court designed for guests to jump and fly freely. This venue is set to entertain guests of all ages with many exciting activities such as dodgeball and basketball on trampolines!

Carnival Panorama

Not only is there a trampoline court with games to play, but the indoor park also includes a challenge zone which features a balance beam, Sky Ladder and wall climbing, as well as Tug of War. Along with all these courts and trampolines will be events such as glow parties, toddler time sessions for little ones to enjoy the park, and even fitness activities for beginners to advanced levels.

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November 27, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Announces Changes to Smoking Policy

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Recently, Carnival Cruise Lines announced a change to their on-board smoking policy that could result in the offender being disembarked. Previously, Carnival’s policy included a nominal fine due to extra cleaning required in the stateroom, but was still a relatively lenient policy.

New policies are making Carnival’s stance on smoking aboard their ships very clear. Two important provisions are included:

  • Any violation of this policy will result in a $500 charge, per violation, posted on the guest’s Sail & Sign account and may also result in the disembarkation of all guests in the stateroom.
  • Guests who are disembarked for violating Carnival’s policy will be responsible for all financial charges and expenses to return home, and no refund of their unused cruise fare will be provided. Additionally, they may be prohibited from sailing with Carnival Cruise Line in the future.

couple on cruise ship balcony

Notably, Carnival now has a $500 fine for each violation of their smoking policy, and a possible disembarkation for not only the offender, but all those in their stateroom. Any expenses incurred from disembarkation due to violation of the smoking policy will be the full responsibility of the passenger.

 

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November 26, 2018   No Comments

Carnival Starts Construction on Newest and Largest Ship

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Earlier this week, the first steel was cut to mark the beginning of construction on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest class of ship. The hull and livery design were also revealed, using the iconic red, white and blue colors that continue the legacy of Carnival being “America’s Cruise Line”. This 180,000-ton XL vessel will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) to operate—the first ever to do so in North America.

A steel-cutting ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. This will be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever constructed, set to be delivered in 2020.  A second XL ship will begin construction in 2020 and to be completed in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.

“This new ship promises to be truly special, from its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

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November 23, 2018   No Comments

Windstar Cruises Reveals Major $250 Million Star Class Ship Expansion Initiative

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The specialty cruise line has recently announced their multi-million and multi-year plan to invest in and expand their three Star Class vessels. This initiative that Windstar Cruises is undertaking will greatly impact the guests’ onboard experience in exciting ways. The updated ships will have an elegant yet modern design, and will be expanded to include 50 new suites, plus all new dining and spa experiences.

Star Breeze - Courtesy of Windstar Cruises

“We are thrilled to announce the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, a significant investment in the future of Windstar Cruises. This exciting initiative is our 180 degree from ordinary solution to add new capacity and major enhancements to the guest experience in a very time efficient manner,” said Windstar President John Delaney. “The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience.”

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November 21, 2018   No Comments

Give the Gift of Cruising

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

As good as it feels to snag an incredible Black Friday doorbuster deal—be it the hottest new phone, a big-screen TV or the “it” toy of the year—this feeling will always pale in comparison to the experience of cruise travel!

Of course, it’s tempting to reach for the gift that seems more concrete—something permanent that you imagine the recipient treasuring forever. We’re willing to bet, however, that most years—perhaps somewhere between cursing the knots in your tangled holiday lights and attempt number six at wrapping gift number one—you’ll start to reminisce about holidays past. The memories you hold dearest probably aren’t the times you received a new computer, doll or video game system, but instead are the ones surrounding experiences with your friends and family.

It’s with this sentiment that we propose giving the gift of travel!

Couple on Vacation with Travel Photos

For starters, there’s never been a better time to experience the rewards of cruise travel (and therefore never a better time to gift cruise travel). As cruise lines compete to offer the ultimate cruise experience, your rewards are more options, superior service and better deals. The possibilities are nearly endless, and The Cruise Web stands ready to offer A World of Choices Made Easy.

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November 20, 2018   No Comments

Shaq’s Big Chicken Restaurant Coming to Carnival Radiance

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Carnival Radiance will be undergoing $200 million worth of refurbishments set to debut in 2020. The new on-board restaurant, Big Chicken, is highly anticipated, adapting a land-based eatery owned by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer, former NBA champion, Shaquille O’Neal.

On what will be the newly redesigned Lido Deck, this restaurant will offer classic fried chicken dishes, a variety of sandwiches, and even breakfast! In fast casual style, patrons will not be kept waiting as they place their order at one end of the counter and pick up right away at the other end. Each dish is named using a clever nickname that O’Neal went by during his NBA career, but the most tantalizing thing about this new restaurant is the price—free!

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November 14, 2018   No Comments

Viking Oceans Announces Return to Turkey with New Greek Odyssey Itinerary

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

For those that are looking for a fascinating winter getaway, Viking Oceans has just announced a brand new 11-night itinerary that will allow guests to explore the ancient empire of Greece—and a plus is that it’s during a much quieter season! Starting in January 2021, guests can sail roundtrip from Athens on an itinerary featuring three new ports of call for Viking—Volos, Thessaloniki, and Nafplio. In addition, the cruise will call once again on Ephesus, which marks Viking’s return back to Turkey!

“Our guests are curious explorers who want opportunities for learning while they travel in comfort,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our destination-focused ocean itineraries are built on the same successful principles as our river itineraries – we offer our guests more time in port, enriching cultural experiences, the best-designed ships at sea with no children, no casinos and no nickel-and-diming. With this new itinerary in Greece and Turkey offered during the quiet winter season, we look forward to helping our guests explore such a culturally rich region of the world in ‘The Viking Way.’” [Read more →]

November 9, 2018   No Comments

Windstar Announces New Yacht Club Café

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Windstar Cruises has recently revealed that they will be adding the Yacht Club Café to Wind Spirit and Wind Star ships over the next few months. This new area will serve as a relaxed and causal gathering space for meeting friends, engaging in conversation, playing games, or curling up with a good book. Guests will also be able to enjoy specialty coffee and snacks for a quick bite.

In addition, Windstar will be transforming the casino to make room for this new café space. This decision coincides with Windstar’s move to discontinue casino operations on all of their Star Class ships. The space that now houses the casino will serve as an extended space of the Compass Rose Lounge and become a wine tasting area.

Windstar Cruises' Wind Spirit

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November 9, 2018   No Comments

Royal Caribbean Reveals Reimagined Navigator of the Seas

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

If you are searching for a spring getaway next year, look no further! Royal Caribbean is releasing all new 3- to 4-night Caribbean itineraries to mark the new “reimagining” of Navigator of the Seas and all it has to offer on board! The $115 million dollar renovation will include new nightlife and dining venues, the first blow dry bar at sea, and two new water slides.

“Each Royal Caribbean ship brings a new adventure uniquely designed to deliver on our guests’ preferences from A to Z,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “After launching our Royal Amplified modernization program with Independence of the Seas and then redefining short getaways with Mariner of the Seas, we are challenging ourselves to take it to the next level. Every detail matters, and we’ve mapped out an unmatched combination of innovative features and experiences for this top-to-bottom transformation of Navigator of the Seas.”

Continue below for highlights of the reimagined Navigator of the Seas:

New Thrills and Chills!

Royal Caribbean will add to the fun and excitement of the expanded pool area with the longest water coaster at sea, The Blaster, and a head-first mat racer called Riptide. In-water lounges were also added so you can stay cool with your drink in hand from the all new Lime & Coconut Bar. You can also move up a deck to enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from a hot tub!

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November 9, 2018   No Comments

Windstar Announces 2019 James Beard Culinary Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Being the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar Cruises is selecting world class culinary experts recognized by the foundation to share their knowledge of cuisine on a new collection of cruises for 2019.

James Beard Culinary

Each culinary expert is hand chosen for their knowledge of and love for the culture and cuisine of their given cruise destination, allowing them to bring their passion to the perfect itinerary.

Each cruise will feature the following:

  • Hosted dinner with a James Beard Foundation chef and beverage expert, plus wine pairings
  • Chef demonstrations of select recipes
  • Chef-led shopping excursion at a local market
  • Wine, beer and spirit tastings
  • Shopping and tours with a sommelier/beverage expert (based on availability)

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November 8, 2018   No Comments